Borrow Materials or Request Services

Borrowing Privileges

Blackhawk Technical College students and full- and part-time faculty and staff members with valid BTC ID cards may check out library materials.  Residents of Rock and Green counties may obtain library privileges by presenting identification to a library staff member who will issue a one-year library card.

Borrowing Limits

Faculty and staff members may check out any number of library items.

Faculty and Staff


Rock and Green Residents

General collection books – 30 days

General collection books – 14 days

General collection books – 14 days

Magazines and journals – 14 days

Magazines and journals – 7 days

Magazines and journals – 7 days

Video and audio recordings – 14 days

Video and audio recordings – 7 days

Video and audio recordings – 7 days

Reference materials – overnight

Reference materials – N/A               

Reference materials – N/A

 Laptops and AV equipment – 7 days  Laptops and AV equipment – N/A  Laptops and AV equipment – N/A

Curriculum Reserves

Course materials placed on reserve by an instructor may be checked out by that instructor and his or her students for the loan periods noted above.  Faculty members may check out reserves placed by another instructor at the discretion of that instructor.

Returning Materials

Library materials may be returned in person or via campus mail to any BTC library or LRC location.  At Central campus, a night time drop slot is located in the door of the library office, which is next to the main library doors.

Full-time faculty members must return all library materials at the end of the academic year in May for inventory purposes, regardless of checkout date.  Materials checked out by part-time faculty members must be returned at the end of the instructor’s teaching assignment.

Renewing Materials

Materials may be renewed unless another patron has placed a hold on the items.

Overdue Policy

Reminder notices will be sent to students, faculty, staff and community patrons a few days before library materials are due.  After an item’s due date has passed, patrons will receive overdue notices by email.  There is a five-day grace period before fees begin to accrue.

Fines for Overdue Materials

Books – 10¢ per day
Periodicals – 5¢ per day
Faculty Reserve materials – 50¢ per day
Video recordings – 50¢ per day
Laptops and other audiovisual equipment – $1 per day (faculty and staff only)

Lost Items

All patrons are responsible for returning library materials in good condition on or before the due date.  If a library item is lost, please contact a library staff member immediately, so arrangements can be made to replace the item.  Actual replacement cost plus a processing fee will be assessed for library materials which are lost or not returned. If an item is not returned in 30 days and no contact with library staff has been made, it will be assumed that the item is lost.  At that time, patrons will be sent a second overdue notice via email or U.S. mail.  After 60 days, the college billing office will send a letter to the responsible patron seeking restitution for the cost of the lost item.  Library privileges may be rescinded until restitution is made.  If a lost item is found and returned in good condition before a replacement has been ordered, the replacement cost will be refunded.

Placing a Material Hold on Library Items

Any library patron may place a material hold on library materials to reserve them for pickup at the checkout desk of any BTC library or LRC.  A material hold can be made by accessing the item in the library catalog and choosing the hold option, or by calling (608) 757-7671 or stopping by the library.  If the requested item is already checked out, your name will be placed on a waiting list for that item, and you will be notified by phone or email when the item is available for you to checkout.

Arranging an Advance Booking of Library Equipment

BTC faculty and staff may request advance booking of library audio video equipment, laptops and other library materials.  Advanced bookings allow staff members to reserve in advance equipment or other materials for use at a future date.  To request an advance booking, please contact any library staff member or fill out the online Advanced Booking Form, below..

                Advance Booking Request Form 

Interlibrary Loan Requests

The BTC Library staff is happy to obtain books, articles and audio-visual materials from other libraries for you when available.  Please use one of the forms below to request an Interlibrary Loan.  Staff will try to get material as quickly as possible, often within a few days.  However, depending on the availability of the item and other factors, it can sometimes take a few weeks for an item to arrive.  Please contact Mary Hughes-Greer, the interlibrary loan coordinator, at (608) 757-7705 or email her at this link if you have questions about your request:  Mary Hughes-Greer 

New Material Recommendations

BTC students, faculty and staff members are encouraged to recommend and request new books, magazines, journals and audio-visual materials.  Just fill out the form below:

Materials Recommendation Form